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Last year, Kentucky lawyer Ben Cowgill found his blog, legalethics.info, at the center of an ethical controversy. As he explained it, the problem arose over a Kentucky rule that required a lawyer to file and pay a $50 filing fee every time the content of an advertisement was modified. As Kentucky's first lawyer/blogger, Cowgill presented a problem. And when that problem came to the attention of the blogosphere, Cowgill because a virtual cause celebre. Since then -- undoubtedly, with thanks to Cowgill -- the state's Attorney Advertising Commission has adopted what Cowgill describes as "a fair and sensible approach to the regulation of law-related blogs."

That battle behind him, Cowgill has turned his attention to other things, including the launch this week of a new Web site for his solo law practice representing lawyers in legal ethics matters. It is a nice site, and you should have a look. But what makes it worth mentioning here is one unique feature -- the Legal Ethics Search Engine. It enables one to search over 10,000 pages of information and commentary about legal ethics from a variety of sources, all from a single search page. In addition to Kentucky ethics opinions, the site searches the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, The American Legal Ethics Library at Cornell University, LegalEthics.com, Freivogel on Conflicts and the legal ethics site Hricik.com.

If you have an ethics question, try Cowgill's search engine. If you don't find the answer there, you can always try Cowgill himself.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 29, 2006 at 05:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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